Or, more formally, “A Comprehensive List of U.S. College- and University-Sponsored or -Hosted Children’s and Young Adult Literature Conferences, Festivals, and Symposia.” (All of them that I could find, anyway).

Several years ago, I was looking for such a list, wondered why I couldn’t find one, and decided to just go ahead and make one myself.

Since then, I’ve periodically updated and reposted it — and for the first time since the pandemic, I’ve finally done so again. To be notified about future updates (and to find out about my monthly book giveaways in the meantime), just sign up for my Bartography Express newsletter.

If I’ve missed any events, or included some that no longer exist, won’t you please let me know in the comments section?

Arizona
University of Arizona Tucson Festival of Books

California
University of Redlands Charlotte S. Huck Children’s Literature Festival

Glitter Everywhere! is my newest book, and it’s been named to best-of-the-year lists by National Public Radio and the Cooperative Children’s Book Center.

Colorado
Metropolitan State University of Denver and University of Colorado at Denver Colorado Teen Literature Conference

Georgia
Kennesaw State University Conference on Literature for Children and Young Adults
The University of Georgia Conference on Children’s Literature

Hawaii
Chaminade University of Honolulu Conference on Literature and Hawai’i’s Children

Illinois
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Youth Literature Festival (Thanks to Sarah Park Dahlen for gently letting me know that I’d initially overlooked this event — which I’ll be appearing at this October!)

Maryland
Frostburg State University Spring Festival of Children’s Literature

Massachusetts
Framingham State University Swiacki Children’s Literature Festival
Simmons College Children’s Literature Summer Institute
Wheaton College Beverly Lyon Clark Children’s Literature Symposium

Michigan
Aquinas College (in conjunction with Oklahoma State University) Summit on the Research & Teaching of Young Adult Literature

Minnesota
University of Minnesota Kerlan Award Ceremony
University of St. Thomas Hubbs Children’s Literature Conference

I’m happy to provide information about my own conference keynotes and other author appearances.

Mississippi
The University of Southern Mississippi Fay B. Kaigler Children’s Book Festival

Missouri
Missouri State University Children’s Literature Festival of the Ozarks
Truman State University Children’s Literature Festival
University of Central Missouri Children’s Literature Festival

New Jersey
Rutgers University One-on-One Plus Conference

New York
Bank Street College of Education BookFest @ Bank Street
Columbia University Kweli Color of Children’s Literature Conference
Monroe Community College Rochester Children’s Book Festival
Stony Brook University – Southampton Southampton Children’s Literature Conference

North Carolina
Appalachian State University Children’s Literature Symposium

Ohio
Kent State University Virginia Hamilton Conference
The Ohio State University Excellence in Children’s Literature: The Ohio State University Newbery Award Symposium (Thanks to Franki Sibberson for letting me know about this one!)
The University of Findlay Mazza Museum Weekend Conference and Summer Conference
Youngstown State University English Festival

Oklahoma
Oklahoma State University (in conjunction with Aquinas College) Summit on the Research & Teaching of Young Adult Literature

Pennsylvania
Kutztown University Children’s Literature Conference

Tennessee
University of Tennessee Southern Lynn McKee Erwin Conference on Children’s Literature

Texas
Sam Houston State University North Texas Teen Book Festival (Thanks to Rose Brock for letting me know that this great event in my home state is cosponsored by SHSU!)
Texas A&M University-Commerce Bill Martin Jr. Symposium (I’d initially overlooked this one — I’m so glad to see that it’s returned!)

Utah
Brigham Young University Symposium on Books for Young Readers
Utah Valley University For the Love of Reading Conference

Virginia
The College of William and Mary Joy of Literacy and Literature Conference
Hollins University Francelia Butler Conference
Longwood University Summer Literacy Institute and Virginia Children’s Book Festival
Shenandoah University Children’s Literature Conference

Washington
Western Washington University Children’s Literature Conference